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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

Join an expert licensed guide for a tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial

ABOUT THE Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

On this 5-hour Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour you'll discover the Nazi’s first permanent concentration camp, and will learn about the prisoners they held and murdered there. Explore what has become one of the most important centers of remembrance, contemplation, and learning in Germany today with a memorial-accredited local guide. 

 

Your Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour starts in front of Starbucks Coffee inside München Hauptbahnhof (main train station), beside platform 11, and it finishes back in München Hauptbahnhof.

 

The first permanent Nazi concentration camp

From the day the Nazis came to power in 1933, they began rounding up their opponents and putting them into makeshift prisons. Only weeks after Hitler was sworn in as the German Chancellor, Heinrich Himmler ordered the opening of the first permanent concentration camp – Dachau. On this five-hour day trip from Munich, you will learn about those first 5,000 prisoners (the Nazi’s political enemies), as well as the more than 200,000 prisoners who would be held there over the next 12 years.

The daily lives of the prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp

Your expert licensed guide will take you through the concentration camp memorial, telling you about the prisoners’ daily lives. From the brutal treatment on arrival, to the Nazi categorization of their prisoners, you will see remaining buildings such as the administration building, barracks where the prisoners’ slept, the former SS training camp, and the roll call square (Appellplatz) where prisoners could stand to attention for hours, in all weather conditions. You will hear about some of the inhumane work details the Dachau prisoners were forced to carry out, and the horrific punishments they could be handed for even the slightest infringements.

Remembering Dachau today

While Dachau concentration camp was liberated by American forces in 1945, the site was not memorialized until the 1960s, and although 32,000 deaths were registered at the camp, many prisoners’ deaths were not recorded. Today, your guide will show you the Memorial of the Unknown Prisoner, as well as taking you to see the various religious memorials around the site, and the stunning prisoner monument designed by Nandor Gild.

TOUR SCHEDULES

8:45 AM
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What’s included
  • Local Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • With the advise of Dachau Memorial Site, you must be over 14 years old to join this tour
  • This tour involves a 35-min S-Bahn journey (approx) and a 5-minute bus ride - all included in the tour ticket price
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Your Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour starts in front of Starbucks Coffee (Bayerstraße 10A) inside München Hauptbahnhof (main train station), beside platform 11

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the Nazi concentration camp system
  • Hear about the lives of the prisoners and see where they slept, worked and were punished
  • Remember the prisoners at the Nandor Gild monument and the Memorial to the Unknown Prisoner
  • See where the daily roll call took place on Appellplatz
  • Learn about the prisoners’ arrival at the camp and the Nazi categorisation system
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